United Way of Broome County has undergone a two year process of shifting to a Community Impact business model, which is a change in how we interact with our funded programs and with the community. The Community Impact business model is driven by our mission to lead sustainable improvements in community conditions by mobilizing the caring power of communities. United Way does this by bringing together organizations, people and resources to focus on critical issues with the goal of making progress through collaborative, coordinated efforts.
Since 2013, United Way staff and volunteers have utilized the Harwood Institute’s Community Conversations model to turn outward to gain public knowledge. We have held over 60 community conversations and convened several additional forums to engage a diverse array of community members and institutional partners, learn about their community aspirations and challenges, and gain public knowledge. United Way is committed to getting results on community issues by basing decisions on this public knowledge as we implement the Community Impact business model. The progression to our new Funding Investment Framework and our development of Community Investment Strategies can be found on our Community Impact Report.
United Way is ready to take action on what Broome County residents feel is most important by focusing its next funding cycle on three community priorities.
The community priorities we will fund through this new Request for Proposals (RFP) are:
A. Families are nurturing and economically stable.
B. Youth are prepared to live, learn, work, and contribute.
C. Seniors are healthy and safe.
We are currently accepting applications for our next funding cycle. If you are a nonprofit organization located in Broome County and would like to submit a proposal for a grant from United Way of Broome County, please download our RFP for instructions and eligibility and our application. For any questions, please contact Shelbi DuBord.
We will also hold two public information meetings to offer organizations an opportunity to learn more about the grant program and eligibility requirements, and will offer a chance to ask questions. Both meetings will be held at the Broome County Public Library, 185 Court St, Binghamton, NY 13901 in the Decker Room on January 18, 2017 10:00-11:00am and January 25, 2017 10:00-11:00am. To register for one of the information sessions, please email Alexis Savidge at email@example.com.
In addition to the public information meetings, United Way will host two Grant Writing Workshops for organizations interested in applying. The workshops will be identical, and will be held at the United Way of Broome County Board Room, 101 Jensen Rd, Vestal NY 13850. Workshop #1 will be held Friday, February 3rd from 10am-12pm and Workshop #2 will be held Friday, February 17th from 12pm-2pm. They will be instructed by Shelbi DuBord, Director of Community Initiatives and Planning and Dai Korba, Grant Writer for the Village of Johnson City and will cover details about the Community Priorities Grant Program RFP as well as general proposal writing tips and tools. Click here to download a copy of our Grant Writing Workshop documents. To register for one of the grant writing workshops, please RSVP to Alexis Savidge at firstname.lastname@example.org. Space is limited and registration will be limited to 1-2 participants from an organization.
Applicants are encouraged to call Shelbi DuBord, Director of Community Initiatives and Planning at 607-240-2014 with any questions about the RFP.
RFP Frequently Asked Questions
1. Is a letter of intent required?
No, and they will not be accepted.
2. What is the minimum and maximum grant amount?
Generally speaking, $5,000-$100,000 (some exceptions may be allowed)
3. Is the minimum amount of $5,000 and the maximum amount of $100,000 based on program or on agency?
It is based on program, not the agency applying.
4. Can organizations apply for funding multiple times under the same strategy?
The only limitation on applications is that any given program cannot be submitted twice for different priorities. So an organization can apply for two different programs under the same priority and strategy, but can’t apply to different priorities for the same program.
5. What if your program fts into two different priorities?
Please pick one priority. It may be relevant for you to talk about how an aspect of your program aligns with another priority in the Narrative section of the application, however, please pick the overall priority that your program mostly aligns with.
6. What types of support are allowable?
Program and operating support are allowed. Generally, capital and capacity building projects should go through our Capacity Building Grant Program (to be released in Spring 2017).
7. Will we be allocating funds for basic need programs?
Funding will be made available for basic need programs that may not fit under one of the community priorities. A funding process will be announced for this area as soon as possible on this website.
8. Under Priority A: Families are nurturing and economically stable--What is allowed under a Family Resource Center?
The program does not need to be called a "Family Resource Center" to be considered eligible. Any program that connects families to the services listed in the RFP is eligible.
- Under Priority B: Youth are prepared to live, learn, work and contribute - Strategy 2. Community Schools. A few agencies explained that they run out of school time programs OFF SITE (not in schools) and wondered if their programs would align. They noted the problems of transportation to and from schools that may not be based in the neighborhood they are servicing. For example, an agency may run a program out of a community center because it is more central to youth in their neighborhood than the school is.
- A community school is both a place and a set of partnerships between the school and other community resources. It provides academics, health and social services, youth and community development, and community engagement, and brings together many partners to offer a range of support and opportunities for children, youth, families, and communities.
- Under the community schools strategy, we will fund highly-qualified programs both in and out of schools that measure student performance outcomes. These outcomes may include, but are not limited to:
- Increased regular school attendance through monitoring of attendance records
- Improved grades through monitoring of report cards
- Other outcomes that are tracked and monitored in partnership with the school
- Learn more at www.communityschools.org
10. If a program or an agency serves more than just Broome County, is it necessary for them to break out the Broome portion of the agency and program budgets?
Yes. Our funds are to support Broome County programs, so it is necessary to see how those funds are being used within Broome County.
11. If an agency only has one program, do you need both agency and program budget since they will likely be one in the same?
Yes. We do need to see both for review.
12. Will equal funding be allocated to each community priority?
We are not yet sure. It will depend on the type of proposals that we receive.
13. How is payment received?
The total amount awarded is paid over twelve equal months. Payments are made monthly, on the first of the month. If your program needs a different payment method, please make that known in the application.
14. What do we define as a "low-income" family?
- Many programs define low-income working families as those earning less than twice the federal poverty line.
We recognize that different programs define "low-income" differently, and may be required to adhere to certain local, state, or federal requirements. We are not necessarily proscribing a certain threshold for low-income; rather we would ask applicants simply to explain their rationale for the threshold they will use. For helpful information on economic instability and income thresholds for Broome County, please see page 217 of the NY ALICE report